Our Cheeses

Using the milk from our pastured herd of Nubian and La Mancha goats, we produce mostly French inspired cheeses that have their roots in our deep dark prairie soils. 

Our fresh chevre is as fresh as it gets—we make several batches each week, so what you're eating is usually one to three days old! We gently hand ladle the curd resulting in a creamy, fluffy cheese. Taste the hints of lemon and savor the luscious mouth feel. Available year-round. 

chevre tubs

Our bloomy rind goat cheeses, “Angel Food” and “Little Bloom on the Prairie” have traditional Penicillium candidum white mold rinds. Both are available mid-April through late November. Angel Food is a ladled curd cheese with a thin rind and a dense, creamy paste. It is aged about 4-6 weeks and most closely resembles a "crottin" or variant on firm brie.

Angel Food round       

Little Bloom on the Prairie is a cut-curd, camembert-style cheese with a dense, core and gooey exterior.  It is aged three to four weeks. Taste the mushroomy rind and slightly tangy yet creamy interior. This cheese pairs well with tart berry preserves and honey.
 

Black goat is a Geotrichum candidum  (a delicate, yeast-like white mold) rinded goat round, dusted with a vegetable ash-salt mixture the day after it is ladled. The ash neutralizes the acidity of the cheese, resulting in a slightly more mellow and buttery finish on the pallet. This cheese evokes earthy notes with a hint of yeasty bread dough. When young, this cheese has a firm paste and mild flavor; as it ages, it becomes gooey on the edges and stronger in flavor.   Available late April through early November.

Black
 
 
 
In addition to our "regulars," we make a other cheeses seasonally.  
When our milk is plentiful in spring and early summer, we make whole goat milk ricotta.  It is made in the traditional Italian style using basket molds. It is super fresh, creamy and sweet; much different from what you find in the grocery store. Several of our chefs in Chicago who buy this cheese say it makes the most perfect ricotta gnocchi. It is great to use in recipes that call for artisanal ricotta or just enjoy with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and fresh berries.
 
 
Goat milk feta:  our pasteurized-milk feta is made “greek style and aged in a whey brine for at one month. It is crumbly yet creamy, tangy and simply delicious.  It can be used in many recipes calling for good quality feta OR dress it up with some extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and edible flowers, serve with warm crusty bread and you a have a light summer meal.   
 
feta

Stay posted to our blog or weekly customer emails for availability of these cheeses as well as new creations.

Most of our cheeses are sold direct to our customers at farmers' markets, on the farm and at select retail stores.

If you are interested in wholesale prices of our cheeses, please contact Leslie at prairiefruitswholesalecheese@gmail.com or 217-840-8645.